Jefferson School receives STEM grant


As part of an investigation of speed, force and velocity, seventh- and eighth-graders in the pre-algebra class at the Jefferson School will take part in a boat-building project, thanks to a $400 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) grant from the Toshiba America Foundation (TAF).

With a mission to fund innovative, hands-on STEM projects designed by teachers to improve instruction in K-12 classrooms throughout the U.S., the TAF awards grants for programs that help students learn while exploring imaginative ideas.

Beth Toney, director of Curriculum & Instruction at the school, also teaches math and applied for the grant in September of last year. 

“In studying speed, force and velocity in their relationship to linear graphing, my pre-algebra class will now have the opportunity to experience hands-on boat building and racing activities that connect kinetic energy with speed graphs,” said Toney.

The grant enabled Toney to purchase model boats, which the students will build, and upon completion they will conduct racing activities on one of the two ponds on the school’s 43-acre campus.

“The TAF grant will provide students the real-life momentum and energy study that is critical in connecting theory to practice. We are grateful for Beth’s motivation to bring STEM opportunities to her students through this Toshiba grant.”